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 Posted: Sat May 11th, 2013 11:15 am
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What a goldmine of ideas. I would have really liked to have seen all of these items in the pics up close. Just fantastic. "Don't be intimidated, be inspired" this sure applies here.
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Hi all,
First up, one I'd forgotten to post earlier, that has already been mentioned by Dan, a visiting diorama by Nick Ogden from the UK of an East German brickworks transfer station from cable-haul to loco-haul This was built brick by brick in 1/35 Scale. The diorama was in 2 parts - the transfer station itself:


and an isolated plinth of part of the cable-haul track with wagon


and a final photo


and now for the Contest Room :glad::glad::glad:
First up the dioramas.... These are structures with scenery surrounds.
Richard Grinyer got "Best Diorama" and "Best in Show" with his Pioneer Gully Tool and Supply Co






Second Place went to Laurie Green with his Fergussons Wharf that was totally scratchbuilt from balsa dowels,coffee stirrer stcks and basswood, with resin or laser cut detail parts,and the track controlled with a reverser ciruit










Nick Ogdens' "brick-by-brick" East German brickyard transfer station shown in the photos at the top of this post picked up 3rd place for dioramas



Dan Pickard picked up the Narrow Gauge Downunder trophy for his "Kawarren" diorama of a stop on the 2'6" gauge Beechy line.




An On2 depot by ???, built to the US structure code, with full interior detail






"Looking for a Ride" by ??? A Sinclair garage with siding track, built from card with timber trim details




And Thanowring Station yard by ???, a detailed model of the a cattle station yard in the 1950's when mechanical horsepower (with the utility truck and and tractor) was taking over from the 4-footed kind of horsepower. The buildings were scatchbuilt using dimensions from 4 prototype remaining structures.










To close this category out, a modified Outback Models garage by ??? with a heavily weathered tow-truck hiding under the shade tree




"Structures" next....and yes there were a few of them too.

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 Posted: Sun May 12th, 2013 08:39 pm
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Awesome John! More! More!

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Hi all,
Now for the "Structures" category
First up a scratchbuilt Alpline depot in large scale by ??? with some commercial detail parts


And a scratchbuilt HO scale model of the Ophir depot by ??? using scale lumber and some commercial castings for windows. dooors etc, painted and lightly weathered with chalks


Next up first prize went to "Noske Bothers warehouse" by Laurie Green The winning model was built from a photograph


and now for the model, showing some of the 200+ resin cast bags of wheat








Second place went to the "Pocohontas Loco Works" by Graeme Pendlebury. This one almost needs a posting to itself




An overview of the interior with the removeable shingled roof behind


And a detailed view of just one of the 10 internal bays, this one features a large lathe


and along the side wall

This one will probably turn up in the pages of Narrow Gauge Downunder in the near future

Third place went to "J Webbe Barrel & Crate Co by Richard Goslin. This model features a fully detailed interior on both levels, plank by plank balsa walls and individual shingles on the roof. Unfortuately my photos don't really do this one full justice.


Some other unplaced entries were:
A factory building by ???




A modified St Agnes Church




The Sunset Hotel by Grant McAdam with lit detailed interior on both floors






and to close out - an O scale inner-city diner and pawn shop by ???






Next up the "Mantlepiece Challenge"....

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This is......... awesome!!!. Jose.



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Hi all,
The "Mantelpiece Challenge" was a category that was unique to this convention. Lifted from the convention website, the contest specifications were:

The challenge is to create a mantel display/diorama, as a stage for your favourite locomotive, rolling stock,
figures, vehicles etc. I know, it’s a fairly broad range, but we all have our different favourites that we feel are

worthy of making it to the mantle. The finished subject choice should reflect your own interests, with the
restrictions being fairly simple:
 Maximum depth of 10 inches (25 cm) - a common depth for a standard mantel shelf,
 Maximum length of 36 inches (90 cm)- a bit shorter than a common mantel, but still leaves room for
the family photo alongside, plus it fits in the car a bit easier,
 As it so happens, this is a fairly common “shelf” size, available at most hardware stores for around
$10, which is a pretty cheap display base to start from (hint, hint!)
 Backdrop – permitted, providing it still falls within the depth restrictions, so includes either a painted or
printed back scene, building flats, mirror-backing finish is up to you,
 No restriction on height – we will leave that rule to be decided by you and “the other half”,
 Can be operating – provided it fits the above dimensions, this can be a wired and working micro style
layout, dictated mainly by choice of scale, but it would be expected that most pieces remain a static
display. Someone is bound to be mad enough to want something to small work!
It’s not too many restrictions, but more of an encouragement to build a piece to help bring your favourite
parts of your hobby out of the cave, and into light of day.


So what did the contestants come up with??
The winner was Dan Pickard with his Spirit of the Dandenongs" which earned him one of these..



And here is the "Spirit of the Dandenongs"


Steve Pettit got second place with his Gn15 loco shed and tanks. I'm sorry but I don't have any photos of that one.

Laurie Green got third place with his "Holmes Lime Company" that featured a fully scratchbuilt lime processing plant










A trestle that hangs off a cliff face from the 2'6" gauge Walhalla line by ??? is next


Mark Kendrick's O-14 1/43rd scale industrial line that may yet turn into a munitions depot?
with his Krauss steam loco outside the Nissen hut


and the other end with the Malcolm Moore petrol-mechanical loco lurking under its shelter


Next up a model of Lune River depot in Tasmania by ???. First up the loco shed




The Malcolm Moore loco waits beside the engine shed


Next up is the "Coolong Brick and Terracota Company" by ???. This company manufactures pots, pipes and gargoyles, The buildings are representative of a claypit operation. All rollingstock is scratchbuilt. The kiln, water tank and office


The yard area




A small recatngular diorama "Walkin' on the Railroad' by ???




I even entered my "Jaxcilliest Enterprises" just for the fun of it. Not for the quality of the modelling, but to show that you can have a functional "load and dump" layout with an operational hoist in a space of less than a sheet of writing paper. At 12" long by about 4" wide "Jaxcilliest Enterprises" is well within the space constraints set for this competition. My entry form took up more benchspace than the layout did. :) It is an all-foamcore build around a HO scale Lifelike bin. It was built way back in 2007...


That completes the "Mantelpiece Challenge"
Must be about time we went and had a look at some of the trains in the Contest Room...

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 Posted: Mon May 13th, 2013 10:07 am
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Congratulations Dan!

AND--

Goodonya Mate!


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Very cool Dan!
Congratulations!



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Just have to say "Awsome"

Please, more pics! :2t:



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Narrow Gauge Nutter wrote:
Please, more pics! :2t:

Ok well, you asked for it - L: How about some rolling stock first? I'll save the locos for later. :)

Here we go again....by the time I got there with my camera some of the entries had been packed away, so what follows is not a full listing of what was in the various competition categories.

First up the "Passenger and non-revenue rolling stock" category
First place went to ??? for a HOn3 logging winch and flatcar, entirely scratchbuilt apart from bogies and couplers


Second place went to Laurie Green with his RGS "Rico"


Third place went to James Poole for his "NCNG bucker snowplow"




Now for the "Freight Rolling Stock" category"
And the winning entry was this D&RGW Stock car by ???


I don't know who or what got second place.

Third place went to Michael Milway for his Corrimal Colliery coal skips in 1/43 scale. These feature a 3d-printed chassis with full metalwork and nut and bolt detail. The coal bins attached to the chassis were cast from timber masters that accurately match the documented dimensions for these skips. Couplings were drawhooks as per the ptototype with 3-link chain couplings. The 8mm diameter six-spoke wheels are the same as I am using for my Corrimal Colliery Incline layout. These also match the prototype skip

While his skips can't be run over the actual incline, Im sure that they will make some "guest appearances" for photographic purposes once the scenery starts to progress.

Michael also put in this entry

A 1:1 scale 3-printed model of a coupling pin used on 2' gauge flatcars at my local museum and formerly by the Australian Army during WW2 and by the Victorian timber industry. :)

Next up the "Locomotive-diesel and other" category
I am unsure of the builder details, but I think that this one got First place - a Baguley-Drewry-Planet by Bernard Snoodyk?


If Bernard did the first one, he certainly got second place with his "Deutz OMZ 117F" in 1/35 scale




And Bernard also picked up third place with his "Plate-framed Simplex" again in 1/35 scale.


Both 2nd and third place getters featured a micro-motor with neoprene friction drive system.


Another entrant was this super-detailed Bachmann, gas Mecahanical by ???


Now for the steam locomotives
First place went to a heavily reworked Bachman Climax to create a model of an New Zealand logging loco



I don't know which loco placed second,but this totally scatchbuilt model of a 500mm gauge Decauville (Builders # 509)from the Volos brickworks impressed me. It even has operational valvegear. I don't know who built it but the workmanship displayed on this model was exquisite.


Dolly Varden Climax #7


A vertical boiler loco - De Winton?


I'm not sure whether this one is a Sentinel or an Avonside?


I'm not sure of thie one - Dunkirk or Climax? Either way it is a nicely presented geared logging loco.


Mark Fry got third place with his "Juliette" mallet. This loco was featured in the last edition of the Narrow Gauge Down Under magazine.


That completes my photos of the locomotives and rolling stock on display in the Contest Room. More still to come...

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